What if the Great Gatsby was focused on the character Nick?

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This reading of the novel focuses mostly on Gatsby. What if we focus on Nick Carraway instead? Then what does the novel show us? Carraway is a fairly young man — not quite middle-aged, just turning 30. He’s from Chicago and seems to come from a comfortable, middle class, but not wealthy, family. He moves to New York so he can get into the Big Time: the potentially lucrative business of trading stocks and bonds. More or less by accident he becomes friends with the fabulously wealthy Gatsby. From this point on, Carraway learns a lot of rather depressing things: that Daisy is shallow and unhappy in her marriage; that Tom is a racist, bigoted hypocrite who cheats on his wife and beats up his mistress; and that Gatsby is an out-and-out criminal who makes his money by working as an accomplice with the mobster Meyer Wolfsheim to sell counterfeit bonds.* By the end of the novel, Carraway says that while he still sees something noble in Gatsby’s love for Daisy, he thinks the whole crowd is totally rotten.

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So, if we keep the focus on Nick Carraway, what do you think The Great Gatsby is saying to us?

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